Chewy Granola Bars

Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 35 mins
Serves: 14


  • 2 cups oat
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup nuts
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • Cooking spray


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Melt the butter in a small pan.
  3. Add honey and mix until well combined.
  4. Place oats, nuts, vanilla and applesauce in large bowl and combine.
  5. Add butter/honey mixture and stir until well combined.
  6. Put 1/2 of the chocolate chips in (1/4 cup).[i] Note: They will melt, but that helps hold the bars together. [/i]
  7. Once the oat mixture has cooled, add the remaining chips.
  8. Press the mixture into an 8 X 8 pan sprayed with cooking spray (anything bigger will result in the bars not "sticking").
  9. Cook for 30 minutes.
  10. Let cool 10 minutes before placing in the fridge for an additional 15 minutes.
  11. Invert the pan and dump the bars onto parchment paper.
  12. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.
  13. Enjoy!

Nutritional data

Serving size: 1 bar
Calories: 117
Fat: 5.8 grams
Carbohydrates: 16 grams
Protein: 1.87 grams

All nutritional data is approximate

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Before I say anything I have to thank my girls Tara, Tina and Kelli for being my guinea pigs on this recipe. It all started out with Tina. She wanted a chewy granola bar recipe (and had asked for it months ago). I finally told her I will give it a whirl. Well Tara and Kelli heard I was working on a recipe, they wanted it too. So, I began testing different things. I added eggs and flour. I added peanut butter, removed peanut butter, used oil, used butter. I cannot even begin to tell you how many batches I made. The last couple were ok but they weren't what I wanted. One morning I decided I was going to figure this out. So I went back to one of my very first recipes for crunchy granola bars, tweaked it and finally got the results I wanted. Who knew going back to my roots would get me where I needed to be!